Since the 1800’s psychiatrists and mental health professionals have treated traumatic stress as a problem rooted in the past. However, as any survivor with posttraumatic stress knows, their suffering is very much present in the here and now. What if there was a way to effectively treat the symptoms of all stress—including PTSD—here in the present? In 2016, Dr. Gentry published this book which completely shifts the paradigm for treating traumatic stress. Forward-Facing Trauma Therapy first helps people suffering from stress to understand that it is their physiological threat-response causing their distress—not the environment. It then teaches individuals how to use simple self-regulation skills to immediately interrupt the body’s threat response and return to comfort and well-being. This interruption of the threat response also rapidly restores cognitive and motor functions to optimal so that individuals practicing FFTT find themselves much more graceful, intelligent and creative as they navigate through the challenges of each day. Finally, FFTT helps people to forge their personal mission and “code-of-honor” and use their self-regulation skills to adhere to their own personal morality more and more frequently. This process significantly lessens stress symptoms while enhancing quality of life and well-being. If you would like to learn more, click here.
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In this groundbreaking book, trauma expert J. Eric Gentry builds upon the pioneering insights of such luminaries as neuroscientist Stephen Porges, Judith Herman and Bessel van der Kolk to introduce Forward-Facing Trauma Therapy (FFTT), the next evolutionary leap in the treatment of traumatic stress. Unlike many traditional psychotherapies, FFTT eschews the assumption that psychological problems are caused by our faulty perceptions and skewed thought processes. Instead, FFTT addresses trauma and its destructive symptomology at its source our overcharged autonomic nervous systems and hypervigilant threat response resulting from our adaptation to painful past experiences. Dr. Gentry provides a step-by-step guide for implementing a three-pronged methodology and explains how and why the techniques work so effectively. He also demonstrates how anyone experiencing stress can apply FFTT to achieve immediate change and an enduring sense of joy, self-worth, and personal integrity.
"I highly recommend this book to psychotherapists working with PTSD and other trauma-related presenting problems. Dr. Gentry's book has the potential to substantially increase the effectiveness of psychotherapy for the traumatized with a one-two punch: (1) Direct exposure to the root of the traumatic memories paired with (2) resilience-building self-care practices that promote principle-based living. In contrast to therapist-centered treatments, Forward-Facing Trauma Therapy helps to resolve PTSD symptoms with a client-guided approach that focuses on current and future challenges while rapidly optimizing the client's quality of life."
Prof. Charles R. Figley, Ph.D., The Paul Henry Kurzweg, MD Distinguished Chair in Disaster Mental Health at Tulane University, pioneer of traumatic stress treatment and research
"As a leader in the field, J. Eric Gentry brings an invaluable new perspective on treating traumatic stress and compassion fatigue that is firmly grounded in the latest brain science. In Forward-Facing Trauma Therapy, he makes a compelling case that stress reduction and symptom alleviation are only the first steps in the healing process and that our ultimate goal must be to help our clients achieve a congruent life based on integrity and choice. Whether you're a counseling professional or simply looking to derive more meaning and satisfaction from your life, you will find much to value in Gentry's informative and thought-provoking book."
Robert Rhoton, Psy.D., LPC, D.A.A.E.T.S., CEO of the Arizona Trauma Institute, VP of the International Association of Trauma Professionals
"FFTT is a gift. This powerful growth model outlines a sure pathway to healing while engaging your moral compass. This book is a wonderful resource for trauma professionals and survivors alike."
Anna Baranowsky, Ph.D., C. Psych., founder/CEO of the Traumatology Institute (Canada), author of Trauma Practice: Tools for Stabilization and Recovery and What is PTSD? 3 Steps to Healing Trauma